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River of Ashes

de Alexandrea Weis, Lucas Astor

Sèrie: St. Benedict (1)

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"Alexandrea Weis is one of the most talented authors around, and in a short time her novels are destined to stand along with authors such as Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, Joyce Carol Oates, and Jeffery Deaver." ~The Strand Magazine "A psychological portrait akin to Lord of the Flies." ~Midwest Book Review SOME TRUTHS ARE BETTER KEPT SECRET. SOME SECRETS ARE BETTER OFF DEAD. Along the banks of the Bogue Falaya River, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary. Beneath a canopy of oaks, blocked from prying eyes, the teens of St. Benedict High gather here on Fridays. The rest of the week belongs to school and family--but weekends belong to the river. And the river belongs to Beau Devereaux. The only child of a powerful family, Beau can do no wrong. Star quarterback. Handsome. Charming. The "prince" of St. Benedict is the ultimate catch. He is also a psychopath. A dirty family secret buried for years, Beau's evil grows unchecked. In the shadows of the haunted abbey, he commits unspeakable acts on his victims and ensures their silence with threats and intimidation. Senior year, Beau sets his sights on his girlfriend's headstrong twin sister, Leslie, who hates him. Everything he wants but cannot have, she will be his ultimate prize. As the victim toll mounts, it becomes clear that someone must stop Beau Devereaux. And that someone will pay with their life. * * * "You could practically taste the fear." ~Laura Hernandez "Nothing can prepare you for what you will find within these pages." ~Goodreads "The kind of skin-crawling, queasy-feeling-in-the-pit-of-your-stomach story that needs to be told and demands to be read. The type of cautionary tale that keeps you alive by reminding you that sometimes the biggest horrors aren't the monsters hiding under the bed but the ones hiding in plain sight." ~The Nerd Daily *The St. Benedict series is optioned and in development for a TV series.*… (més)
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"Self-control in all things. Never let anyone see who you really are."
"To him, love meant possession, rage, power—not some fuzzy, warm fairy tale."

Trigger Warnings: Rape, violence, and a psychopath point of view. Alexandrea Weis has a note at the end which discusses some important elements to these topics that I think everyone should read even if they don't read the book.

In St. Benedict the high school students like to spend their Friday nights hanging out by the river at the abandoned Abbey. Beau Devereaux, son of the wealthiest family in town, owns the area. Or so he thinks. Beau uses the river and the Abbey to commit unspeakable acts of violence against those he feels have wronged him. How does he keep them silent? Through threats and intimidation. Beau has his sites set on Leslie the sister of his current girlfriend Dawn. As Beau's infatuation grows his victim toll mounts. Beau must be stopped. A number of people will die.

I heard a lot about this book before I was given the opportunity to review it myself. And let me just say it lived up to the hype and then some. I don't think I expected just how dark and intense this one was going to be. The authors tell the story through the point of view of Leslie, Dawn, and the very entitled Beau. The whole novel is focused around Beau's unnatural obsession with Leslie, the only person in town it seems isn't scared of him. It doesn't take long before Beau's obsession takes a lethal turn that will leave intense devastation.
The book covers some very intense topics, mostly from the perspective of the one committing the crimes. I think it was this viewpoint which made the situations so difficult. This book is not for the faint hearted and is not a light read at all. You should go into this one expecting some emotional reactions. I really don't know how to do the book justice. It was amazingly well written and the characters were intense.
I struggled at times with the fact that these were high school students simply because of how intense it was. This book delves into the dark mind of a psychopath with an intensity I have never seen before. The book is a slow build with the action, but once it takes off it does not relent. And the ending... I think I'll be processing this one for a long time to come. ( )
  BookReviewsbyTaylor | Oct 8, 2022 |
This was a good and interesting read! The setting is perfect for a horror book; it has a goth feel to it which adds to the creepy factor. It did take a little for me to get into the story but once it all got going I had no problem finishing it. It was a fast and easy read and it was really interesting to be able to hear what each character thought and how each one had their own story to tell. Especially Beau, he is one sick and twisted individual! It's a dark read that won't be for everyone. The story had some great twists and turns, all the way to the end. It will be interesting to see where the author will take the story in the next book! Thank Xpresso Book Tours and Alexandrea Weis for sharing this book with me!
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  thepageladies | Oct 2, 2022 |
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This book was a little too reminiscent of horror for me. I was on the edge of my seat a lot of the story and felt like I was always nervous for what would happen next. Horror buffs will enjoy the pacing and details.
  kbaker0928 | Sep 21, 2022 |
River of Ashes by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor takes place in Lousiana, with gothic undertones. It is a story about teenagers that attend St. Benedict High School. Nothing unusual about most of the teenagers in the story. They love their football and partying on the shores of Bogue Falaya River.

Leslie and Dawn are identical twins but looks are all that they share. They are opposite in every way possible. Beau Devereaux is dating Dawn but really wants Leslie, he is obsessed with her. He will do anything that he can to get her. including murder. On the surface, Beau seems like the perfect teenage boy. Star of the football team, well-liked by his teammates. He has a string of possible dates that all want to be with him but he still wants what he can't have, Leslie. He comes from a prominent family with a 200-year-old history including a ghost.

There is an abanded abbey, a former seminary on the banks of the river, where the teens love to go and party. Believe it or not, Beau is not a drinker but he is the procurer of alcohol for his friends. Dawn loves to party with Beau, she is jealous of her sister, probably because Leslie is smarter and knows what she wants out of life. She has a steady boyfriend and is happy with that. She hates Beau, she can see him for what he is, a narcissistic and just plain evil. He uses the girls for what he wants and then moves on. For more, you will have to read it! I highly recommend it!

I usually don't read YA books but I have been a fan of Alexandrea Weis for a long time. This book is fast paced, creepy, and the characters are believable. You can feel the gothic vibes of this Louisiana town. The ending surprised me of course and note that there are triggers in this story, mainly rape, and alcohol use. That said, this first book in the series is well worth a read. I look forward to reading the next in the series,
River of Wrath (St. Benedict Book 2).

I give this book 5 stars because it is so creepy!
I received a copy of the book for review purposes only. ( )
1 vota celticlady53 | Aug 18, 2022 |
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Review: River of Ashes by Alexandrea Weis / Lucas Astor. 4* 07/16/2022

I felt the book was very graphic and might be offences to some readers. I think the book was well written and some of the characters obtrusive but I did read the entire book. I rated the book on the writing and how some teenagers act and to alert others what some parties may turn into.

The characters were well developed and sometimes very descriptive. I choose this book without knowing it was graphic and how some teen’s behaviors stand out. I also liked the setting at the river and the Abby but not what events that proceeded there. I hope other readers know the content of this book before they read it. ( )
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“This is a valley of ashes—a fantastic farm where ashes grow like
wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes
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finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and
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"Alexandrea Weis is one of the most talented authors around, and in a short time her novels are destined to stand along with authors such as Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, Joyce Carol Oates, and Jeffery Deaver." ~The Strand Magazine "A psychological portrait akin to Lord of the Flies." ~Midwest Book Review SOME TRUTHS ARE BETTER KEPT SECRET. SOME SECRETS ARE BETTER OFF DEAD. Along the banks of the Bogue Falaya River, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary. Beneath a canopy of oaks, blocked from prying eyes, the teens of St. Benedict High gather here on Fridays. The rest of the week belongs to school and family--but weekends belong to the river. And the river belongs to Beau Devereaux. The only child of a powerful family, Beau can do no wrong. Star quarterback. Handsome. Charming. The "prince" of St. Benedict is the ultimate catch. He is also a psychopath. A dirty family secret buried for years, Beau's evil grows unchecked. In the shadows of the haunted abbey, he commits unspeakable acts on his victims and ensures their silence with threats and intimidation. Senior year, Beau sets his sights on his girlfriend's headstrong twin sister, Leslie, who hates him. Everything he wants but cannot have, she will be his ultimate prize. As the victim toll mounts, it becomes clear that someone must stop Beau Devereaux. And that someone will pay with their life. * * * "You could practically taste the fear." ~Laura Hernandez "Nothing can prepare you for what you will find within these pages." ~Goodreads "The kind of skin-crawling, queasy-feeling-in-the-pit-of-your-stomach story that needs to be told and demands to be read. The type of cautionary tale that keeps you alive by reminding you that sometimes the biggest horrors aren't the monsters hiding under the bed but the ones hiding in plain sight." ~The Nerd Daily *The St. Benedict series is optioned and in development for a TV series.*

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